Maiduguri — The Police in Yobe State yesterday said operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) have during an early morning operation killed the Yobe State commander of the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, aka Boko Haram, who goes by the name Bakaka.
Also, 30 other Boko Haram insurgents were killed during a gun duel in two separate locations in Damaturu, state police spokesman Lazarus Eli said in a statement yesterday.
Eli said the "battle" took place at "Kandahar," a notorious suburb of Damaturu, and Gwange area.
The police's claim could not be independently verified because there was no communication from the Boko Haram sect.
The statement said, "In the early hours of Sunday, 7th October 2012, men of JTF in Damaturu, Yobe State on cordon and search operation in suspected Boko Haram hideout at Kandahar and the cemetery areas of Damaturu engaged in a gun battle with the suspected terrorists.
"About thirty (30) suspected Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the battle which lasted several hours. In the battle, the notorious, one-eyed Bakaka, the field commander of Boko Haram in Damaturu and a close associate of Abubakar Shekau was killed.
"Ten (10) others arrested during the battle are presently assisting investigators to track other senior members of the terrorist group.
"Six (6) rifles, ninety (90) rounds of ammunition, several handsets and sim packs were recovered. Other items recovered include; knives, bows and arrows, diggers, knives and two (2) keke napep tricycles. Also, three (3) cans of IEDs recovered were detonated."
Residents of Damaturu told Daily Trust that they heard sounds of gunfire and explosions in the early hours of yesterday.